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2 new Covid-19 cases reported in HK, one of them local

19 April 2020

By The SUN

The local case is an airline ground crew who directed arriving passengers how to get to immigration

One of two new Covid-19 cases reported in Hong Kong today, Apr 19, set off an alarm, as the patient did not travel abroad recently, and is not known to have been in contact with an infected person.

Despite this, health officials remain upbeat, as it has been more than a week since the number of new cases has been in the single digit.

The two new cases raised the total tally to 1,025. Of these, 602 have been discharged, while 418 are in hospital, eight of them in critical condition. Four have died.

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The case classified as local pertains to a 47-year-old female ground crew of Virgin Atlantic Airways who was tasked with directing travelers to connecting rides at the airport for immigration clearance and baggage collection.

She started having cough on Apr 6 but continued working until last Friday, Apr 17 when she went to hospital. She tested positive for the virus today, and has been moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said 69 colleagues of the woman will be tested for the virus, including one who had been admitted to hospital after showing symptoms.
The woman traveled to Britain in February, but was in Hong Kong during the incubation period. She lives in Tung Chung.

Chuang said the woman could have contracted the virus indirectly through environmental contamination.

She’s the first case to be identified as local in the past three days. On Friday, a 21-year-old woman was tagged as “possibly local” case since she was found infected 17 days after arriving from Britain, and after she had completed her home quarantine without developing symptoms.

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The second case today is a 35-year-old man who was in Britain from January until last Friday, Apr 17. He was under compulsory home quarantine in his flat in Hung Hom and had no symptoms but a swab test showed he was infected.

He was admitted to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong for treatment.

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